The Topiary Garden by Janni Howker

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One of the most remarkable short stories in Janni Howker's BADGER ON THE BARGE is THE TOPIARY GARDEN, currently under option for filming It is the evocative, timeless story of Sally Beck, and the circumstances which led her to become Jack, the gardener's boy, working amongst the topiary bushes of a great country house garden. This powerful story has such impact for readers of any age that we are publishing it in a separate edition, with specially commissioned full colour paintings by Anthony Browne
 

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Janni Howker observes, "The fact that wolves have been extinct where I live for two hundred years should make me feel safe, but instead it makes me sad. The sound of wolves howling would make winter evenings magical." Sarah Fox-Davies hopes that WALK WITH A WOLF will help readers understand that "wolves are neither cuddly pets nor the monsters of folklore. They are fellow creatures trying their best to survive and to share this planet, if at all possible, with the rest of us."
 
Published May 31, 2011 by RHCP Digital. 64 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Stomping down the road, away from her all-male family in a rage, Liz meets ancient Sally Beck, who invites her into the local manor's topiary garden to hear how she once became a boy.

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Initially published a decade ago in Howker's story collection Badger on the Barge, this elegantly crafted tale devolves in the shadow of a topiary garden on the grounds of Carlton Hall, an English country home.

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